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1966 Romanee Conti - Pinot Noir

 

1966 Romanee Conti


DRC La Tache
DRC bottle # 13623....... We recently acquired nine DRC bottles, from an ex-Oregon winery owner, all were purchased when he caught the Pinot bug, back in the 1980's. All the wines were kept in his cellar before being moved to his San Diego home in 2011.
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Tasted at the La Tâche vertical at The Square. The La Tâche 1966 is one of those wines were composing a tasting note seems futile. How can you express such a wine in words? Well, I will try. It must be considered one of the greatest La Tâche of all time. Typically of this vineyard it is a mercurial Pinot Noir that is deceptively simple upon first acquaintance. Then you notice its unbelievable delineation as scents of dark fruit, sous bois, cigar box and an exotic hint of star anise gently unfold. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins and nigh perfect acidity. There is such brightness and vigor in the 1966, allied with a sense of authority. Over time it gains precocity and there is a daring note of cough candy surfacing unexpectedly on the finish after ten minutes. This is an astonishing La Tâche that flirts with perfection.  Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin 99 pts.


Tasting note: Some bricking though the center is still ruby. The wonderfully elegant nose is still quite fresh with some remaining vestiges of primary fruit though it has now largely passed into secondary aromas trimmed in the classic La Tâche spice and plenty of anise, clove and hoisin notes. The rich, full-bodied, beautifully detailed flavors display a slight edginess to them as there are the beginning traces of acidity poking through on the snappy finish. To be sure, there is plenty of richness and velvet to buffer most of the acidity but it may not for very much longer as this is clearly becoming more and more fragile. Still, the '66 LT is a beauty of a wine if perhaps not quite at its usual august level and it is certainly more reserved than many vintages. Over the years I have found the '66 to be a consistent performer though again, I underscore that it's time to drink up, at least in 750 ml format. Burghound 93

 


 

Item: Wine-343022
Year: 1966
Producer: Romanee Conti
Designation: La Tache
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Burgundy, France
Burghound: 93
Wine Advocate: 99
 

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